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''Strike It Rich'' - 26 August 1955

Published 1955

An episode of the proto-reality game show series "Strike it Rich". Widely considered to be one of the worst television series ever produced.

Run time 29 minutes 20 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reviewer: 1110babe - - December 1, 2012
Subject: Not the worst--three stars for historical importance
This reminded me of a telethon. I don't think it was intended to be evil but it had a very naive way of helping people, just as Jerry Lewis did when sobbing over the plight of the kids on stage with him.

I can't think of any other show that would raise money on tv then for a black man. I applaud its lack of bigotry in a decade when things could be very bad for blacks indeed. His race was secondary. What was primary to the story was his status as a veteran. That was extremely unusual. Thank you for putting this on the website so we could know that things like that actually happened at the same time that desegregation and voting rights were issues that led to violence.

I also found it interesting that Fab was useful in all kinds of washers including ringer washers that were still in use in many households in the 1950s, including my family's home. It was a technological turning point.

What exactly was Gardol? :)

The show had an ill-chosen title. The amounts of money given on the show, even adjusted for inflation, were not instant wealth and made it sound as if the recipients were greedy and out to make a fortune out of misfortune. If it had been titled something like Good Samaritan or Help Your Neighbors it might not have seemed so crass among the commercials.
Reviewer: pauls son - - August 28, 2012
Subject: SIR
UHG!! Not quite as bad as "Queen For A Day" but pretty darn close. At least the causes in this particular episode were worthy & the people weren't goaded into crying, moaning, etc... as was the case on "QFAD". Although, did anyone else find it strange that as the 'pastor' was describing the horrific flood that killed all those people that he couldn't stop smiling?!?